A make-ahead barley salad that has plenty of bold North African flavor thanks to preserved lemon, oil-cured olives, and cilantro. Perfect for potlucks (no mayo here!), this salad is also a bonus for the host as you can make it up to two days ahead of time and refrigerate until the party starts.


Petrina Tinslay

Recipe Summary

30 mins
30 mins
Serves 8 to 10


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  • Cook barley in a large pot of generously salted boiling water until al dente, 25 to 28 minutes. Drain; let cool 10 minutes. Meanwhile, heat a medium skillet over medium; swirl in 2 tablespoons oil. Add onion and carrots; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is translucent and carrots are crisp-tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in ginger and coriander. Cook until fragrant, about 1 minute more. Transfer to a large bowl; stir in preserved lemon, olives, and lemon juice.

  • Stir barley into onion mixture. Stir in remaining 2 tablespoons oil; season with salt and pepper. Let cool about 1 hour, or cover and refrigerate up to 2 days. Stir in cilantro; serve.